Long Island Child Psychologist
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has brought the entire world to its heels. Economic activity came to a standstill with billions confined to their homes to stay safe and bend the curve. As countries roll out mass vaccination drives, hope for normalcy has returned in full swing.
It’ time for children to return back to the nurturing care of their school environment and learn, and grow alongside their friends. However, this hope for normalcy comes enveloped in stress and anxiety. Parents and children are combatting overwhelming bouts of stress given the shifting facets of the novel virus and its symptoms.
There are so many questions troubling parents struggling to make the right decisions for their family and loved ones. Should we continue wearing masks or ditch the masks after getting vaccinated? What is the right thing to do, going back to school or continuing virtual learning?
Keep reading to pick up some valuable advice from Long Island’s esteemed child psychologist.
Open Conversations with the Children
The best thing parents and family members can do right now is listen to each other. Open conversations with the children are necessary to ensure their comfort, and help them cope with stress. Parents need to encourage communication to find out the elements that make their children and family members feel safe and comfortable.
Stay Calm & Composed
Stress and panic give rise to negative energy, and nothing productive ever comes out of negativity. Therefore, it’s essential to de-stress and combat the situation with a calm and composed demeanor. Parents must inspire their children as role models, helping them find the answers they seek to feel reassured, confident and safe.
Seek Professional Help
It’s no secret. The pandemic has exacerbated mental health challenges for millions worldwide. People find themselves struggling against stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia, eating disorders – scores of other mental challenges. These challenges reflect on the health and wellbeing of the entire family, especially children.
Therefore, it’s crucial to seek professional help, and sit down with an experienced psychologist who can guide you and your family with mindful coping mechanisms.
The back to school journey won’t be easy, but it doesn’t have to be riddled with stress and anxiety either. It’s crucial for families to work together by opening communication channels and being compassionate towards each other’s needs. Parents must help their children find the resources they need to overcome uncertainty.